Vikram Phatak is Founder of NSS Labs. He was CEO from 2007-2019 and has played an instrumental role in establishing NSS Labs as a trusted source for independent, fact-based guidance in the cybersecurity industry. Vikram is a board director and remains on the executive team. He brings a deep knowledge of the industry and is focused on new innovations for the company.
Prior to NSS Labs, he founded and led several Internet and cybersecurity companies including Lucid Security and Intermedia Sciences Group, one of the first internet service providers and security consulting firms in the U.S. One of the industry’s foremost thought leaders, Vikram has been featured in numerous business and technology publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CSO Magazine, Cyberscoop, Dark Reading, eWeek, SC Magazine, ZDNet and many others.
Venu Shamapant is a co-founder of LiveOak Venture Partners, an Austin, Tex, based early stage venture capital firm that focuses on technology and technology-driven services and companies based in Texas and the Southwest. At LiveOak, Venu focuses on investments across a wide variety of sectors including mobile, software, and tech-enabled services and systems. His current investments include Veros Systems and NSS Labs.
Prior to LiveOak, Venu was a General Partner at Austin Ventures where he invested in over ten companies producing more than $1billion in exit values to date. He was an early investor in and sat on the Board of Directors of LifeSize Communications (acquired by Logitech), Spatial Wireless (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent), Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems), Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR), and Sipera Systems (acquired by Avaya Communications). Prior to joining Austin Ventures, he was with McKinsey & Co., serving clients in the enterprise systems and software markets. He started his professional career as a software developer and engineering lead at Mentor Graphics.
Venu received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University, India.
Venu is one of the founding members of TiE-Austin. He is also a founding Board Member of Austin Speech Labs, a non-profit focused on providing affordable speech and cognitive therapy for stroke survivors.
Dave Schaller is a founding partner of Delta-v Capital, a leading provider of liquidity solutions and growth equity to private technology companies and their shareholders. At Delta-v, Dave focuses on investing in market-leading technology companies across an array of sectors including information services, security, enterprise software, digital media, mobile, and communications infrastructure. He is currently on the Board of ExteNet Systems and NSS Labs, and his previous board roles at Delta-v include BorderFree (NASDAQ:BRDR) and Drillinginfo.
Before founding Delta-v, Dave was a Managing Director at CenterPoint Ventures where he led the firm’s investment interests in media, mobile, and communication infrastructure and services. At CenterPoint, his Board roles included InGrid/LifeShield (Sold to DTV), Inoveon (Sold to ifa systems AG), and Light Biology (Sold to Nimblegen/Roche).
Prior to his career in venture capital, Dave co-founded three venture backed companies. He was an initial co-founder of BizRate.com/Shopzilla.com (sold to E.W. Scripps) and was a co-founder, Director, and EVP-U.S. Operations for OraMetrix. Additionally, Dave was a co-founder and the Chairman of Light Biology (merged with Nimblegen/Roche). Prior to his entrepreneurial experience, Dave was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. While at BCG, he focused on clients in health care, software, and communication services; and was a member of the launch team for Williams Communications’ nationwide fiber optic network in 1997. He spent the early years of his career in sales and marketing at the Dow Chemical Company.
Dave received his M.B.A. with Distinction from The Wharton Graduate School of Business, where he was also named a Palmer Scholar. He also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Bill Bock is a member of the Board of Directors of Silicon Labs (Nasdaq: SLAB) and serves on the Boards of a number of private technology companies. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Foros, a financial services firm. Bill is Chairman of the Board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas. He previously served Silicon Labs as President from 2013 to 2016 and as Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO from 2006 to 2011. From 2001 to 2006, Bill participated in the venture capital industry, principally as a partner with CenterPoint Ventures. Before his venture career, Bill held senior executive positions with three venture-backed companies, Dazel Corporation, Tivoli Systems and Convex Computer Corporation. Bill began his career with Texas Instruments. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.